We met with our Historic Society last night to make a decision on a back door style. The society advocates for door restoration if possible and some situations replacement. My door was not salvageable (dry walls screws hold it together) and not really appropriate for my house.
A plank style door (below) like we found in our Beverly Jog would have been more typical of 1750. Our addition is not original to the main house so that’s why we have a weirdo door.
The society asked me to bring in three different door styles as options. I decided not to include the Dutch door because even though I love it; I realized if I had the door open my indoor cat would be able to jump out. I could probably lock him in a room while we have the door open but that sounds completely impractical and kinda cruel.
Words like “simple, feels like a back door, this options looks too much like a french door”, came up while the board discussed the different styles. In the end a nine-light with two vertical panels was picked. The door has to be wood and the windows true divided light. Meaning they must be individual single-paned windows. I was happy they choose an option with windows because I had fears they would ask me to use a solid paneled door. Yay for light in my someday kitchen! We didn’t get into hardware but I assume they would prefer I choose something simple and not go over-the-top. The door should be considered an utilitarian piece and not be treated like a decorative front door was the feeling I got from the board in the meeting.
Above are options from wood door manufacturer Simpson, I showed at the meeting. New wood doors aren’t solid wood. They are veneered with a wood core. Solid wood doors can twist and warp but my local lumber yard suggested veneered doors are bomb proof and will never twist an inch.
So now we need to decide if want to get a new door or try searching for an old solid wood door in the 9-light style. Greg and I both have fears of the new door looking too perfect. But new doors have the advantage of coming as a complete kit with the door jam and threshold—all the measuring is done for you! Below a solid wood 9-light Old House Parts sent me. I’ll report back with our findings…
Our current back door in all its glory, plexi glass windows and trim held in with dry wall screws. The hinge have been mortised at least 3 times because the screws ripped out of the door, the hardware is purely decorative, that door couldn’t keep the wind or a “ham” burglar out. -G
This is the plank door we found behind a wall and shingled over in the Beverly Jog.